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Articles tagged with 'mps'

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5 national disgraces of Arne Duncan's own making

Published Jan. 26, 2016

What greeted my eyes in the Sunday paper was the headline "Arne Duncan on Milwaukee's chronic woes: 'A national disgrace'," talking about Milwaukee's schools. But here are five other national disgraces Duncan had a hand in that he should also be worried about.

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Can you help ID these Tula Erskine works?

Published Jan. 11, 2016

This morning I received a note from Nancy Aten, who was scanning works by Milwaukee artist Gertrude Kundman Erskine to be included in Erskine's archive, when she came upon 8x10 photographs of a series of six works that especially caught her attention. Do you recognize them?

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A look at the South Division dome, a South Side icon

Published Dec. 16, 2015

Today, I found myself driving past Bluemel's Garden Center, which is closed for the season, at 4930 W. Loomis Rd., and I couldn't resist the urge to stop and see the old South Division High School dome, which was built into the garden center's building.

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Fernwood Montessori addition beginning to rise in Bay View

Published Dec. 11, 2015

In February, the school board tapped Foundation Architects to design an addition at Fernwood Montessori School in Bay View. Work began this summer and the new 21,566-square foot addition, which includes a gym, is going up in the west playground.

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MPS expected to shift how it approaches new charter schools

Published Nov. 24, 2015

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors and MPS administrators have signaled that they soon will take a major step toward becoming more proactive and intentional in chartering schools, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report.

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What Means means for MPS

Published Nov. 17, 2015

The announcement last week that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele selected Demond Means to take on the role of Opportunity Schools Partnership commissioner came not as too much of a surprise - but it was a relief, seeing what the pick means for MPS.

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Opponents question MPS board decision to put Carmen, Pulaski under one roof

Published Nov. 4, 2015

According to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report, tensions were high during an almost two-hour discussion over the proposal to place Carmen, an MPS charter school, under the same roof as Pulaski, a longstanding traditional high school. The eventual vote came in 5-4 in favor of the proposed partnership.

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When did Milwaukee get smaller?

Published Oct. 29, 2015

Ever look at old pictures of Milwaukee and think, "why did it look like a bigger city back then"? Happens to me all the time.

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Abele won't be a hero in fight for MPS, but he won't be a villain either

Published Oct. 13, 2015

Any day now, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will appoint a "commissioner" who will identify up to three Milwaukee Public Schools that will be subsumed into the new Opportunity Schools Partnership, their teachers removed and their assets seized. He argues he's making the best of a bad situation, but does this make Abele a hero or villain to MPS?

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MPS seeks input on a potential new program at Happy Hill

Published Oct. 5, 2015

The former Happy Hill Elementary School has been closed since 2006. But don't think folks at MPS haven't been thinking about it. Now, the district is again turning to the community as it seeks to re-open the school - built in 1958.